2012 BEST IN CLASS: BEST 150-HORSEPOWER SLED
WINNER: POLARIS RUSH PRO-R CLEANFIRE 800
In 2012, this class provided the closest competition I've seen in years. This reality provides a huge opportunity for Kent to be hopelessly confused.
Both of these sleds are exceptional in every area of comparison we subjected them too. For sure, Ski-Doo has nailed the engine equation with E-TEC, yet Kent will completely overlook this reality: The Rush actually launches harder as a result of its uncoupled Pro-Ride external shock skid and can pull the Doo past 70 per.
Kent will also crow the Liberty Cleanfire SDI mill can't cover the E-TEC's efficiency while denying he regularly witnessed the Polaris 800 using less oil than the 800 E-TEC.
Okay, the E-TEC does get killer mpg. Don't forget this reality though, the SDI Cleanfire certifies EPA 2012.
More than this there's the RUSH's amazing handling, linear turn-in, rock solid on-center feel and exceptional control in deep whoops.
No one can get away from the Pro-Ride's bottomless feel either. The skid simply swallows huge craters and stuff you're sure is gonna hurt, even while you're seated.
Lastly, Polaris has completely redeemed the Liberty 800. The engine was 100-percent bulletproof last season, never missing a beat in our fleet. Even belt wear was ridiculously good. There were some E-TEC 8 issues.
So, Kent will crow about the Ski-Doo MXZ-X E-TEC 800 and its rMotion skid. However, Polaris earned this BIC for much more than it's innovative rear suspension.
RUNNER-UP: Ski-Doo MXZ X 800 E-TEC rMotion
Hmm. Mark seems pretty sure on this decision. I certainly hope my dead-true logic doesn't crush him too much.
Mark, we're talking about the lightest snowmobile in the business tied to the most sophisticated 2-stroke snowmobile engine on earth. One plus one still equals two, not three. No wonder you flunked math.
There's a reason why the MX-Z 800 E-TEC outsold every other big-inch sled in the business last year: It is, simply stated, the ultimate hypersled.
Then Ski-Doo ups the stakes by adding the trickest rising rate skid ever to slide its rails across white-top, rMotion. This profound improvement in a snowmobile that essentially needed no improvement speaks volumes about Ski-Doo's design team and its iron will to be at the top.
Yes, we heard about some first-year engine glitches and a few customer complaints on the all-new 800. There were still zillions of them that worked flawlessly and Ski-Doo worked double time re-mapping and warranting those issues that nagged.
The 800's performance is eye-widening, nosebleed inducing and arm stretching from top to bottom.
The MX-Z with an E-TEC 800 was and is the most deserving of this award. I will stand by my decision until Charles is king!
LATEST VIDEOS View All
TEST RIDE: 2016 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro 800R
October 19, 2016
SnowTrax Television Co-Host Luke Lester evaluates Ski-Doo's 2016 Renegade Enduro 800R.
Ski-Doo Expedition Xtreme 800
October 7, 2016
SnowTrax Television Co-Host AJ Lester evaluates Ski-Doo's 2016 Expedition Xtreme 800R featuring ...
Arctic Cat F1100 Turbo Mod
September 30, 2016
AJ takes our Arctic Cat F1100 turbo in for a new MBRP exhaust that will crank up its horsepower ...
Next-Gen Mtn Track from CAMSO
September 21, 2016
There is a better way to conquer deep snow. Camso’'s new mountain snowmobile track, the Conquer ...
Top Gear View All
September 6, 2016
ARCTIVA VIBE SNOWMOBILE GEAR
Durable long lasting Sympatex Nylon shell will stand up to the most aggressive riders’ adventure, while providing all the stretch ...
Ask Motorhead View All
February 4, 2016
IS BOONDOCKING RUINING OUR SPORT?
A club volunteer that offers up his time to maintain a system of trails sees issue with boondocking and off-trail riding in his area. ...
Press Releases View All
October 12, 2016
Polaris Celebrates the Life of David Johnson
Polaris Employees Celebrate the Life and Accomplishments of David Johnson, One of the Company’s Three Co-Founders
Tourism View All
July 8, 2016
Over the years one of my favorite riding regions has been the Upper Laurentians of Quebec. I first rode here with my buddy, Richard ...